Rejoining Asia’s Rice Bowls

Rice is one of the major sectors prioritised by the Myanmar National Export Strategy. The Strategy was designed to fuel the country’s sustainable development through export promotion and was first launched in March 2015 under the previous administration. At one time, the country was the top rice exporter internationally until the Second World War. Subsequently, […]

EGATi to Explore Investment in Renewable Energy Abroad

Egat chairman Areepong Bhoocha-Oom said EGATi, which is Egat’s overseas investment arm, would have to catch up with the global trend of green energy. Egat definitely wants two gigawatts of renewable energy. It will focus on Thailand and EGATi elsewhere to reach that target. EGATi president Watchara Hemruchatanun said EGATi has conducted a feasibility study […]

Vietjet connects Hanoi with Yangon

Ho Chi Minh City – Riding the wave of the booming travel market in Vietnam, Vietjet announced the addition of a new international route connecting Hanoi to Yangon (Myanmar). The new route is set to take off on 31 August 2017 with the aim of meeting the increasing travel demand of individuals, tourists and corporate […]

Japanese Life Insurer With Myanmar Presence Eyes Cambodia

Japan’s Dai-ichi Life Holdings Inc plans to start a life insur­ance business in Cambo­dia in 2018 and expand its US presence, its presi­dent said, in line with the firm’s strategy to boost overseas growth as in­vestment returns dimin­ish at home. Life insurers in Japan have been hit by lower re­turns with massive stimu­lus measures, aimed […]

Myanmar sees gains in rice, corn production

Rice and corn production in Myanmar is expected to increase in the 2016-17 marketing year, while production of wheat is forecast to fall, according to an April 20 report from the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Rice production in 2016-17 is forecast at 12.2 million tonnes, up from 12.16 […]

Indian Government Considering Afghanistan, Myanmar’s Proposal to Boost Pharma Exports

NEW DELHI: India is examining a proposal from Afghanistan to help set up a manufacturing base for pharmaceutical products, along with another proposal from Myanmarto supply generic drugs, as part of its efforts to shore up declining exports. The department of commerce is closely examining Afghanistan’s proposal seeking India’s help in setting up a manufacturing […]

Waiting for Grid to Arrive, Myanmar Villages Switch on Solar

NYAUNG KONE, Myanmar, March 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For generations, residents of this farming village in central Myanmar had a set rhythm to their day – waking up with the sunrise and going to sleep after dark. Diesel generators and batteries were for the privileged few, while the candles used by most were a […]

Education Reform to support Myanmar’s Industrialization Strategy

I was born in the town of Kanyutkwin in Bago Division, Myanmar in 1990. I left the country in 2005 to further my education in Singapore. When I came back to Yangon for work early this year, I noticed that the streets are more crowded; the traffic are worse; there are more high-rise in the […]

Soccer Diplomacy in Singapore’s ‘Little Burma’

SINGAPORE — A goal kick away from the Toa Payoh Stadium are reminders of the once-close ties between Myanmar and this Singapore neighborhood, home to the Burmese Buddhist Temple and streets named for the towns and rivers of the Golden Land. The arena hosts Balestier Khalsa Football Club, of Singapore’s professional soccer league, and sits […]

Myanmar and ASEAN A Great Unknown to Trump

Eric Rose is lead director of Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose (“HRMR”), the first US law firm established in Myanmar. HRMR is a founding member of the American Chamber of Commerce Myanmar, and Mr Rose serves on its Executive Committee, and also chairs its HR Committee. In an exclusive interview with the Myanmar Times, he […]